SRH-Research Assistant II SCI Model Systems Center

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (SRH) is recruiting a Research Assistant (RA) to join the Spaulding New England Regional Spinal Cord Injury Center (SNERSCIC). The mission of the SNERSCIC, directed by Ross Zafonte, DO and J. Andrew Taylor, PhD is to advance the quality of life for persons with spinal cord injury through research, education and advocacy. SNERSCIC is a spinal cord injury model system which is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The SCI Model Systems Program is the largest and longest-running longitudinal study of individuals with a traumatic spinal cord injury. The lab also receives funding from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, and private foundations.
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston is a 150-bed nonprofit accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility affiliated with Harvard Medical School (HMS), the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and Partners Health Care System (PHS), an integrated health care delivery system that includes Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). SRH is one of the largest rehabilitation facilities in the U.S. and is a leader in the greater Boston metropolitan area in providing comprehensive rehabilitation and complex medical management services. It is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England to maintain a ranking in U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals survey since 1995 and is currently ranked #4.
The RA II will be responsible for assisting the Project Manager and PIs in a wide variety of research-related activities. Specific duties will include:
Screening and consenting subjects
Data Collection
Medical record abstraction
Neurological assessments
Structured telephone interviews
Data entry
Database management
Recruitment and enrollment tracking
Study milestone tracking
REDCap clinical database
Performance reporting assistance
Quarterly and annual reports to funding agencies
Audit preparation and follow-up
Internal quality assurance reporting
IRB Assistance
New applications
Continuing reviews
Meetings /scheduling
Participate in meetings with other SCI clinical staff, researchers, and nonprofit groups
Training Responsibilities
Completion of required personal certifications and renewals
Assist with preparation of marketing materials
Prepare recruitment materials
Community Relations
Participate in lab-sponsored community events
Bachelor's degree or higher with an interest pursuing a higher degree in the health professions. Prior experience in clinical practice or research in spinal cord injury populations preferred. Must have strong interpersonal skills.
A two or three year commitment is preferred.
Behavioral Performance Skills Required
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Must be able to take action in solving problems while exhibiting judgment and realistic understanding of issues: able to use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics; be able to review facts and weigh options
Customer Focus
Able to demonstrate a high level of service delivery; do what is necessary to ensure customer satisfaction; deal with service failures and prioritize customer needs.
Must be able to share due credit with co-workers; display enthusiasm and promote a friendly group working environment; work closely with other departments/programs as necessary; support group decisions and solicit opinions from co-workers; display team spirit
Able to clearly present information through the spoken or written word; read and interpret information; talk with patients; listen well.
Able to remain open-minded and change opinions on the basis of new information; perform a wide variety of tasks and change focus quickly as demands change; manage transitions effectively form task to task; adapt to varying customer needs.
Able to maintain a solution-oriented approach while dealing with interpersonal conflict; hazardous conditions, personal rejection, or time demands.
Commitment to Task
Must be able to take responsibility for actions and outcomes and persist despite obstacles; be available around the clock in case of emergency; give long hours to the job; demonstrate dependability in difficult circumstances and show a sense of urgency about getting results
Attention to Detail
Able to be alert in a high risk environment; follow detailed procedures and ensure accuracy in documentation and data; carefully monitor gauges, instruments, or processes; concentrate on routine work details; and organize and maintain a system of records.
Interpersonal Ability
Must be able to develop rapport with others and recognize their concerns and feelings; build and maintain a long-term associations based on trust; help others
Planning, Prioritizing and Goal Setting
Must be able to prepare for emerging customer needs; manage multiple projects; determine project urgency in a meaningful and practical way; use goals to guide actions and create detailed action plans; organize and schedule people and tasks
Continuous Learning
Must able to stay informed of current practice and industry trends; learn and apply new concepts and demonstrate career self-reliance; identify own areas of opportunity and set and monitor self-development goals.
Able to challenge conventional practices; adapt established methods for new uses; pursue ongoing system improvement; play with concepts and ideas to create novel solutions to problems; evaluate new technology as potential solutions to existing problems.
Working Conditions:
PHS is a large healthcare system comprised of two Level 1 Trauma Centers (MGH, BWH), an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (SRH), a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (Spaulding Hospital Cambridge), Skilled Nursing Facilities and Outpatient Services. Most activities will be performed at SRH in work environments that are stimulating, challenging and occasionally pressured. Reports to Project Manager and PIs.

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